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Bob Bashara's testimony throughout his quest for a new trial has been marked by recurring answers to questions posed by prosecutors:

"I don't recall."

"I don't remember."

"Could you repeat the question?"

Monday's proceedings -- the sixth day of the hearing, and Bashara's third day on the witness stand -- wrapped up with no resolution. The hearing will resume Nov. 13.

Bashara was found guilty for orchestrating the murder of his wife, Jane. Bashara says he wants a new trial because he claims his attorneys were ineffective in part by not seeking a change of venue, and failing to emphasize his charitable work

The hearing has been marked by a mixture of salacious details and tedious testimony, in which Bashara repeatedly said he didn't recall events brought up by Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Lisa Lindsey.

Wayne Circuit Judge Vonda Evans at one point asked Lindsey: "How much more do you have to go?

Lindsey replied: "If he would answer directly, it would go faster."

Jane Bashara’s body was found in her Mercedes SUV on Jan. 24, 2012, in an alley near Pinewood and Annott in Detroit. She had been strangled. Robert Bashara proclaimed his innocence during several media interviews, but a jury convicted him in December of several crimes, including first-degree murder, which carries a natural life prison sentence.

His handyman, Joseph Gentz, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Jane Bashara’s death, said Robert Bashara orchestrated the slaying. Gentz is serving 17-28 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Bashara paid Gentz to strangle Jane Bashara in the garage of the couple’s Middlesex home, so that he could immerse himself in the bondage, discipline and sadomasochistic lifestyle with his longtime mistress, Rachel Gillett.

The former Grosse Pointe Park businessman also said he wanted to testify during his trial, but was talked out of it by his attorneys, Lillian Diallo and Michael McCarthy, who told him it was a bad idea.

Lindsey spent a lot of time during Monday's hearing hammering at inconsistencies in Bashara's statements to police and the media.

Bashara claimed dozens of phone calls between he and Gentz were because he wanted Gentz to leave him alone. Bashara also claimed a second man had threatened him.

When Lindsey asked Bashara why he didn't provide police with threatening text and phone messages the other man had supposedly sent him, Bashara replied: "I was in such a fog, I didn't know what I was doing."

Lindsey also questioned Bashara about a statement he made earlier in the hearing that he didn't follow the case in the media. When he referenced a media report, Lindsey asked: "I'm a little confused...you said you weren't following the case in the media."

Bashara replied: "My family members were."

"Were you following it or not?" Lindsey asked, to which Bashara answered: "I was and I wasn't."

He added: “The media was absurd and ridiculous .They basically regurgitated what they were fed by law enforcement.”

When discussing whether he'd lied to Gillett, Bashara said everything he'd told her wasn't a lie.

That prompted Evans to ask: "What is the difference to you between a full truth and a lie? You're omitting things.

Bashara's answer: "You may be omitting things, but it's not necessarily untrue."

The man known in the BDSM scene also said he lied to Gillett because, ""It's very hard in the lifestyle to find --"

Evans cut in:: "A good slave?"

"That's correct," Bashara said.

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